There seems to be a lot of confusion about Hanukah – to the point where it appears to be deliberate. Let’s begin with what it’s not about. 1. It’s not a Jewish Christmas In many circles, Hanukah seems to have become an imitation Christmas – a holiday of food, lights, decorations, and gifts. This is … More From the Maccabees to the IDF: 6 things you need to know about Hanukah
“We went to pay our respects,” I told my friend. “Kiss them, each and every one” he said. “And tell Ram he shouldn’t be so serious all the time.” I was standing on a beach named after a miracle, looking at the memory of a disaster. “Returnees to Zion”. How many people do you know … More Kiss them, each and every one
Sneakers put out to dry. Wet and full of sand, they looked tired. My heart almost burst to see them. They tell a story people who live elsewhere wouldn’t recognize but most Israelis would. Those who don’t have this story in their own home know the story well. Across political affiliations and religious denominations, it … More Zionism looks like a dirty pair of sneakers
Why is it that, although terrorism and war are not infrequent in Israel, the number of IDF soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is actually amongst the lowest in militaries around the world? In 2013 the Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps Mental Health Department released a study on PTSD with staggering statistics. For … More 5 reasons IDF soldiers suffer less from PTSD
Those who should be here and are not. We remember each and every one of them, and pay tribute. To them and to those they have left behind – It is because of them that our nation has a State. Those that were killed in battle, murdered by terrorists, And those that managed to continue … More 23,447 of my brothers and sisters
Today is the eve of Memorial Day for IDF soldiers and victims of terrorism. Tomorrow night Memorial Day becomes Independence Day. The contrast is harsh, painful and deliberate. Because of them, thanks to them, the Nation of Israel has a State. (23,320 soldiers killed from a nation of 7 million is a huge amount. No … More Because of them our Nation has a State
Exactly one week after Memorial Day commemorating the Holocaust, the community gathers together to remember and honor our fallen soldiers and the victims of terrorism.